Resolved: 2. I Am Not My Own

Resolved, I Am Not My Own

This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution #2

Resolved, to never act or think in a way that would propose that I am in any way my own, but to remember that I am entirely God’s.

What and Why?

Here’s where I explain what I mean and why it matters.

I Didn’t Make Me

Psalm 139:13,15 says it like this:

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”

I Didn’t Birth Me

In God’s grace, he saw fit to give me two wonderful parents, a comfortable home, food to eat, schools to attend, and a whole lot of opportunities that a large percentage of the world can’t even imagine. I could just as easily have born in a slum and raised in poverty.

That decision was not my own. It had nothing to do with luck either.

I Didn’t Protect Me

I’ve made some dumb choices, been in a lot of dangerous situations, and have had my share of close calls. For all intents and purposes, I should not still be here. Yet, here I am. God has been patient, merciful, and kind with me.

I Didn’t Save Me

Again, I’m just going to let Scripture speak for me:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 ESV

I Didn’t Fix Me

Here’s who I was before God found me:

Dark and depressing? Absolutely, but that’s what makes the good news so good.

Here’s who He says I am now:

How and When?

Here’s where I look at ways to practically apply this resolution to my life.

  1. When I’m tempted to pridefulness or arrogance, remember that I really can’t take credit for anything.
  2. Persistently pursue an attitude of stewardship as opposed to ownership in matters of time, talents, treasures, and relationships.

That’s it for resolution #2. If you’d like to keep up with this series, feel free to click one of the links below and subscribe to my RSS feed.

 

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  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason Wert

    Wow…great stuff Kenny.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you, Jason!

  • http://ericspeir.com/ Eric

    I like the series that you started. I especially liked this one. This is a good reminder for us as leaders. When we start to live this and believe this then it changes the way we live and make decisions. It’s no longer about us when we live this!

  • sweetrunpastor

    What an amazing post! Thanks Kenny. Great reminders of the wonderful provision of our Father and the Savior He sent for us.